10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album One Life, 33 Miles splits the difference between Christian pop and modern commercial country without giving offense to either camp. The trio’s music (positive, harmony-laden, and guitar-driven) and collective persona (fresh-faced and fun-loving) makes comparisons with groups like Rascal Flatts unavoidable. Lead singer Jason Barton and band mates Chris Lockwood and Collin Stoddard wrap optimistic messages in sunny melodies and expansive choruses. If their sound is seamless, they do shift their emphasis somewhat from song to song. “Gone” and “Jesus Calling” capture the heady rush of surrendering to Christ, while “My Offering” is a praise song with power ballad overtones. If these tunes fit perfectly with current Christian radio, tracks like “Just One of Those Days” and “Little Bit of Love” are pleasantly life-affirming in typical Nashville fashion. Barton’s most emotive moment comes with “Apologize,” a confessional ballad that shows off his vocals nicely. One Life should satisfy anyone with a hankering for luminous harmonies and well-deployed song hooks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album One Life, 33 Miles splits the difference between Christian pop and modern commercial country without giving offense to either camp. The trio’s music (positive, harmony-laden, and guitar-driven) and collective persona (fresh-faced and fun-loving) makes comparisons with groups like Rascal Flatts unavoidable. Lead singer Jason Barton and band mates Chris Lockwood and Collin Stoddard wrap optimistic messages in sunny melodies and expansive choruses. If their sound is seamless, they do shift their emphasis somewhat from song to song. “Gone” and “Jesus Calling” capture the heady rush of surrendering to Christ, while “My Offering” is a praise song with power ballad overtones. If these tunes fit perfectly with current Christian radio, tracks like “Just One of Those Days” and “Little Bit of Love” are pleasantly life-affirming in typical Nashville fashion. Barton’s most emotive moment comes with “Apologize,” a confessional ballad that shows off his vocals nicely. One Life should satisfy anyone with a hankering for luminous harmonies and well-deployed song hooks.

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About 33Miles

Blending the optimistic alt-CCM sound of bands like Switchfoot and Myriad with a hint of contemporary country twang, 33Miles set out in the early 2000s, in the words of lead singer Jason Barton, to "love on God's people." Barton, guitarist Chris Lockwood, and pianist Collin Stoddard started the band in Nashville, TN, and were quickly snapped up by INO Records, which released the band's self-titled debut in 2007. Their next album, 2008's One Life, proved to be the record that broke them big, landing at number four on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart and sneaking into the lower reaches of the Top 200. After a seasonal 2009 release, Collin Stoddard left the band to be a worship pastor, leaving Barton and Lockwood to carry on as a duo for 2010's Today. ~ Margaret Reges

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